Love NY? Bathroom for Rent!

Saturday, December 13, 2008 | Category: Small Spaces

I am so excited to join Material Girls as the resident New York Interior Designer! I thought a great first post would be to give you one of the many reasons why I love NY (at least most of the time). Just yesterday a friend emailed me a “Best of Craigslist” post she came across about a 60 year-old woman who wants to rent out her bathroom. That’s right, her bathroom! Here’s a clip: “My bathroom is large. You can easily put a twin air mattress in there. I only ask that when I need to use the bathroom, you or your air mattress are not in it. This might seem a bit odd but please remember the rent is $400 and the bathroom is large.”

My friend and I both agreed that a lot of people make these things up but we would never put it past a New Yorker to be willing to pay $400 a month to live in a Manhattan bathroom! As an Interior Designer I have to give credit were credit is do, we New Yorkers can turn any space into a living space!

Kristan Cunningham recently did an amazing apartment makeover for a couple that lives in a 290 sq.ft. Studio.

Check out the video on Rachael Ray’s website.

Domino always has great spreads on well-designed small spaces; here are a few of my favorites:

Rashida Jones’ 400 sq.ft. Studio

I think what drew me to this was the bright accents in an otherwise light space. It’s the quintessential single NY gal’s apartment!

Tori Mellott’s 450 sq.ft. Apartment.

I love how she paired the neutral palette with black accents. And although she has a lot in the space it doesn’t feel overcrowded or cluttered.

And one of my all time favorites, which brings hope to all NY women living in a one-bedroom and wanting a baby (eventually!). This nursery was birthed out of a Domino staffer’s walk-in closet:

Now if I only had a walk-in closet!!

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6 Comments to 'Love NY? Bathroom for Rent!'

Paloma 13 Dec 08 at 1:23 am

Welcome, Abby! 🙂

These are all fabulous spaces! They are small in size, but high on style.

Renee Finberg 13 Dec 08 at 5:59 pm

i could die !!

that is an ‘ only in nyc ‘ story for sure.

i could live in Tori Mellott’s studio.

congratz to you.

MIMILEE 13 Dec 08 at 6:32 pm

What a hoot!! Only in New York! I wonder if she had any takers?

Loved seeing the small spaces designed so beautifully and with such style.

Great Blog!

Leslie Rowlands 13 Dec 08 at 8:58 pm

Great article! What a this small space episode. Love the baby room.
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vicki archer 14 Dec 08 at 12:45 pm

How I love NYC – would love to see that bathroom and dare I say it….I hope she doesn’t need to get up a lot during the night! xv

Anonymous 14 Dec 08 at 8:37 pm

I can totally see this happening! I had a friend in midtown that lived in an apt where his “bedroom” was a bed in the closet below the staircase for the loft. And he paid $850 a month for it!

Glad to see you on here, Abby –


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